About Susan E. Friend

Susan Friend is a weightlifter, coach, and weightlifting enthusiast. Susan has participated in both the U.S. and German weightlifting systems, along with her son, Hutch, who holds four U.S. Youth National Championship titles and one German Youth National Championship title.

Is Weightlifting Cleaning Up?

For many years, the sport of weightlifting has been fraught with instances of illegal drug use, a.k.a. doping.  Clean athletes stood on the sidelines as their drug-enhanced counterparts took home the medals and glory of championship titles.  Cynicism abounded in the United States.  No one believed that U.S. athletes could bring home medals because of [...]

By |2019-01-05T16:46:19+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

Lessons Learned from the Youth Olympic Games

In October 2018, Peyton Brown and Jerome Smith traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to represent the United States at the Youth Olympic Games. Both athletes delivered outstanding performances, with both placing higher than any U.S. athletes have ever placed at the Youth Olympic Games. Peyton Brown (58 kg), age 17, earned a bronze medal [...]

By |2018-12-07T16:42:17+00:00December 6th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition|

Feature Athlete: Coby Rhodes

At age 15, Coby Rhodes of Deland, Florida, is a three-time national weightlifting champion and recently qualified to represent the United States at the International Weightlifting Federation’s Youth World Championship in March 2019.  Coby (61 kg) is dedicated to learning all elements of weightlifting and is on track to achieve great things within the sport. [...]

By |2018-11-13T06:03:46+00:00November 13th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Building an Olympian: An Interview with Tim Swords

Tim Swords, coach of Sarah Robles, 2017 World Champion and bronze-medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, shares what it takes to build an Olympian: Pursue your Passion.  When Coach Swords was a young boy, he visited a drug store with his mother.  At the store, he spotted a fitness magazine with a man [...]

By |2018-10-22T15:45:54+00:00October 20th, 2018|Coaches Resources, Competition, Interviews|

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. So what do youth weightlifters eat for breakfast? Six members of USA Weightlifting's 2019 Youth World Team share what they eat for breakfast. Ryan Grimsland (67 kg), age 16, of Mash Mafia earned best youth male lifter at the 2018 American Open 3 [...]

By |2018-10-12T00:54:57+00:00October 12th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources|

Feature Athlete: Caden Cahoy

Caden Cahoy is our latest featured athlete!  Caden is a 14-year old weightlifter from Jacksonville, Florida who currently competes in the 49-kg weight class.   Caden won the championship title in the 44-kg weight class (14-15 age group) at USA Weightlifting's 2018 Youth Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June 2018 and was recently invited [...]

By |2018-10-05T05:55:57+00:00October 5th, 2018|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Hand Care for Young Lifters

New lifters often regard ripped hands as evidence of their hard work, proudly displaying them in social media posts or parading them around the gym for everyone to see. More experienced lifters, however, know that damaged hands just slow you down. When the hands are torn or tender, barbell work becomes painful and difficult to [...]

By |2018-09-26T17:45:47+00:00September 26th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

Feature Athlete: Seth Tom

Seth Tom is our latest featured athlete!  Seth is a 16-year old weightlifter from San Francisco, California who currently competes in the 55 and 61 kg weight classes.   Seth won the championship title in the 56-kg weight class (16-17 age group) at USA Weightlifting's 2018 Youth Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June 2018. [...]

By |2018-08-25T09:53:32+00:00August 25th, 2018|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

15 Performance Enhancing Foods

Steroids.  Testosterone.  Human Growth Hormone.  These performance enhancing substances are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when present in the body in high concentrations.  Did you know that you can reap the benefit of these and other performance-enhancing substances, however, in a completely legal--and healthy--way through food? Here are 15 performance enhancing foods to [...]

By |2018-08-14T21:05:40+00:00August 14th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Parent Resources|

Mobility Work for Youth Weightlifters

Olympic weightlifting requires more than strength.  It requires mobility, or flexibility through a range of motion.  An athlete with limited mobility can still lift weights, but the athlete cannot reach his full potential as a weightlifter.  For instance, an athlete who struggles to maintain an upright torso in the bottom of a squat can compensate [...]

By |2018-08-04T01:16:28+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Training|